Definition of smorgasbord in English:



  • 1A range of open sandwiches and delicacies served as hors d'oeuvres or a buffet.

    • ‘Buffet costs range between $2.99 for some breakfast specials to $14.99 for some seafood-heavy smorgasbords.’
    • ‘Anchoring for lunch, the guests were presented with a smorgasbord, with the prawns and crab being particularly well received.’
    • ‘We were invited for one of Bjarne's famous Saturday afternoon smorgasbords - a cosmopolitan late lunch, set around a large circular table, with the food in the centre on a carousel, Chinese banquet style.’
    • ‘With hosts Kannikar and Ib Ottesen supplying a Danish smorgasbord which included Norwegian salmon and Japanese Sashimi, it was certainly an international gathering.’
    • ‘Since thematic units should run for more than a week, the author has provided below a smorgasbord of foods that can be mixed and matched for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.’
    cold table, cold meal, self-service, smorgasbord
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    1. 1.1A wide range of something; a variety.
      ‘the album is a smorgasbord of different musical styles’
      • ‘Trains enable tourists to sit back, relax and enjoy a smorgasbord of spectacular vistas of Taiwan's lush, verdant countryside, breathtaking mountains and tranquil coastlines.’
      • ‘The producers claim that the 52-episode programme will present a variety of Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil songs befitting a smorgasbord of emotions.’
      • ‘I enjoyed the mix of articles in this first issue - it was a potpourri or smorgasbord of interesting material.’
      • ‘The reader will be served up a smorgasbord of events and issues that reflect the diversity of managing the national forests.’
      • ‘This concert will feature an exciting smorgasbord of musical styles, ranging from gospel, jazz and folk to sacred and classical arrangements, both serious and funny.’
      mixture, assortment, collection, selection, assemblage, medley, miscellany, melange, mix, variety, motley collection, mixed bag, patchwork, pastiche, blend
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Swedish, from smörgås (slice of) bread and butter (from smör butter + gås goose, lump of butter) + bord table.